Protecting advances in an evolving industry
The oil and gas industry is changing as demand increases and production becomes more difficult. Concerns about reducing costs, increasing safety, and protecting the environment are spurring advances in both upstream and downstream sectors of the industry, from exploration to field and pipeline development to refining.

As companies develop new technologies and innovative approaches to address the challenges, it is critical that they have a sophisticated plan for safeguarding their valuable intellectual property assets. Finnegan offers a comprehensive approach to protecting their IP, whether obtaining patents and trademarks for new technologies, licensing within the industry, asserting IP rights to protect innovators from infringers, or defending against infringement suits.

Developing a strategic approach to protecting innovation

Backed by more than 300 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan stands at the forefront of helping companies protect, advocate, and leverage their oil and gas technologies. Finnegan has advised well-known industry leaders such as Schlumberger, Sinopec, Phillips 66, and the American Petroleum Institute (API),, on a wide range of IP issues:

  • Developing and executing prosecution strategies to ensure strong patents and a robust IP portfolio;
  • Analyzing competitors’ IP to avoid infringement and identify weaknesses in their portfolios;
  • Increasing portfolio value by identifying potentially high-value assets that can be improved using strategic prosecution techniques;
  • Preparing and negotiating licenses and other transactions to commercialize IP rights;
  • Counseling on research and development options that minimize patent obstacles;
  • Providing due diligence for merger and acquisition targets;
  • Counseling on business-related matters, including antitrust and competition issues;
  • Providing trademark prosecution and counseling services;
  • Advising on potential litigation strategies and deploying experienced trial and appellate teams to protect our clients’ intellectual property; and
  • Challenging and defending post-grant review proceedings before the PTAB, including inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR).
A deep knowledge of both law and technology provides the foundation for success

Many oil and gas innovations combine multiple technologies and scientific disciplines. Finnegan’s attorneys have technical experience in a broad array of relevant fields, including chemistry and chemical engineering, electrical and computer technologies, materials science, biotechnology, industrial manufacturing, and mechanical engineering. This background positions us to understand both the science at the foundation of our clients’ IP assets and the relevant legal issues. Our talent pool includes former in-house counsel, patent examiners, researchers, engineers, professionals with advanced degrees—including 75 Ph.D.s—in the following disciplines:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Information Science and Systems
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Operations Research
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Physics